Travel Q A: European Airline Strikes

Q: We are looking at flying in to Rome and out of Frankfurt in May, but we have not yet purchased our airline tickets. With the recent strikes by some Europe-based airlines, does it matter which airlines we use to make sure that our flights are not affected?

A: There's no way to guarantee that your flights might not be affected by a strike, but there are some things you can do to minimize the inconvenience. The good news is that it looks like most of the disruptions, if there are any more, will affect April travel.

Cabin crews at British Airways are threatening more walkouts later this month if they can't resolve pay and staffing differences that led to two strikes in March. Lufthansa pilots briefly went on strike in February, but they have canceled a four-day strike planned for next week.

It's unlikely you'll be using British to make your connections, so you should be fine with other carriers.

Keep in mind that one-day, wildcat strikes are common among some of the smaller European airlines.

As a precaution, if you're planning on using a European airline to get between Rome and Frankfurt, book a flight that will get you to Frankfurt several days ahead of your flight back to the U.S.